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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Allan George, DB, Vanderbilt University

Allan George the star defensive back from Vanderbilt University recently sat down with NFL Draft DIamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Allan George
  • Position: DB
  • College: Vanderbilt University
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Twitter: @A11ANG
  • Instagram: @longliveag

What should we know about Allan George the person?

My name is Allan George. I am a fifth-year senior at Vanderbilt and I’m studying Medicine, Health, and Society. Aside from football, here in school, I recorded & produced a medical podcast centered around oral healthcare which is a topic that is not as mentioned as others in the medical field. From that, I learned the importance of care in a more holistic form. Also, two summers ago, I was a camp assistant at Camp Vandy, where I organized and planned athletic activities for over 400 children to help further promote their fitness and wellness. From these events, I’ve thankfully learned that I am very hard working, enthusiastic, quick learning, and very extroverted. These characteristics carry onto the field for me too.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My favorite moments are definitely just being in the locker room with my brothers. All of the connections and bonds that I’ve made have changed my life forever and for the better. The coaches that I have had have also proven to be mentors for me not only in football but just as a grown man so I’m thankful for that as well. Going to the Texas Bowl my redshirt freshman year was probably my most fun experience though. Either that or getting the game winning/sealing interception vs Missouri in 2019.

What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

I think the main thing that separates me from others is my raw athleticism along with my adaptability. A lot of corners aren’t able to run 4.3 40 times and jump a 10’10” broad jump that also have the length that I have. Thankfully the Lord blessed me with explosiveness and great short area quickness. So I can flex inside the slot or run with the fastest of the fast on the outside. I’m very confident in my capabilities to show scouts my speed on my pro day and at senior all star games.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would probably say James Bradberry. He’s just inspirational to me and I see myself model a lot of my game after him. From body type to being from a small city in Alabama, he would just be a great person to sit down and chop it up with. Hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to. He hasn’t opened any of my Instagram DM’s yet though haha.

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

First things first is confidence. If you don’t have confidence in yourself and those around you then you won’t be good at anything. On top of that I think that knowing and trusting the scheme that is given to you is essential. Especially on defense, rush and coverage work together when it comes to pass defense. So knowing the ins and out of what the defensive line is doing up front can help you better anticipate routes and route patterns at DB.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

Staying consistent with my eating habits to just put on more weight. I’m sitting at 194 right now but want to be around 198-200 when the pro day gets here. The on field training is always at work, just to stay sharp. Getting in and out of my breaks at corner. I’ve also started to sit down with my coaches, just to learn the intricacies of how defenses operate. I’ve thankfully been blessed with a lot of defensive minded coaches who have experienced the NFL and the SEC so bouncing ideas off of them and learning has been very beneficial for me.

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

My brother. I used my brother for a lot of inspiration growing up. He played football since he was 10 years old and I had never played before. So I started playing football in my 10th grade year of high school just so I could have that connection with my brother. I started to fall in love with it quickly though, and I started playing defense my 12th grade year. The rest was really history after that. I don’t really want to put the ball down ever now.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

Well on the field, everything happens so fast and you’ve got to be able to roll with the punches and just control what you can control. For the most part, I don’t allow myself to become flustered about situations. Adversity is always going to come, you just have to keep your focus when it does. Off of the field, I am a much more deliberate thinker when it comes to everyday challenges. I talk things through with my wife and we usually troubleshoot problems together.

What is your favorite coverage and why?

Definitely a Cover 2 concept. They are just the most fun to play in. You get to disguise it so many different ways. Play it from off, play it from press, quick jam, give a zero look. You can just mix and match it so many ways to fit whatever your play style is. It also lets you play run support faster too. The most athletic interceptions I’ve ever seen by corners have came from in cover 2 looks, so it’s just a fun one to play in.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They’d be getting a dog. Someone who isn’t going to give in and someone who is going to constantly be addicted to getting better. Like I said, I’m very hardworking but I don’t talk about it that much. I just let the work show.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

An infectious spirit. Lots of positivity & fun. At the end of the day, anyone who gets this far loves the game so you don’t have to convince them to be in love with what they’re doing. It’s just about enjoying the moment and having fun with those out there with you.

What do you love about the game of football?

Football teaches you how to lead a good life and that’s what I appreciate it so much for. It’s helped me grow into a better man, son, and husband. The qualities that it takes to be a good football player carry over into the “real” world. So I appreciate it so much for that. I love that it gives back what you put into it.

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